Privilege Without Purpose, A Deadly Combination

Privilege Without Purpose, A Deadly Combination

The richness of revelation that John has received from watching The Crown has been a gift to me. It’s also compelled me to watch certain episodes again with new eyes. In doing so, I was struck by contrast between Elizabeth and Margaret. Both lived lives of enormous privilege, but only one had a purpose. I’ve never seen the dangers of privilege without purpose so starkly represented as in the lives of these royal sisters.

Privilege Without Purpose Given

Privilege Without Purpose Given
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n is a fictional story about real people, and I keep that in mind when I watch it. What I see in the character and choices of Elizabeth and Margaret is not a judgment of either, since I am not privy to the actual truth of their lives. But the warning that the Holy Spirit revealed to me through The Crown is very, very real.

The privileged life that Elizabeth leads is balanced with purpose. In fact, the trappings of wealth serve the purpose of her life, not the other way around. In embracing her purpose, often at the expense of her own personal desires, Elizabeth is able to see beyond herself. Purpose keeps Elizabeth grounded and gives her life great meaning. The privilege she receives as due to her crown and not her person. As a result, her heart and character is not warped by the great privilege she experiences daily. The same cannot be said for Margaret.

Margaret is given great privilege without purpose, and the result is a steady increase in selfishness and immorality. Without purpose, Margaret’s privilege goes to her head and her heart as her due, and not her blessing. What she wants, she gets. There is no higher calling on her life than her own desires. As a result, her selfish myopia is shocking. She pursues a married man shamelessly. After his wife divorces him, Margaret decides to marry him. Even knowing what’s at stake and what it will cost everyone around her, her own happiness is the only thing that matters to her. Though her demands batter her sister relentlessly and cost her dearly, Margaret sees nothing but her own ‘victimhood.’ She talks endlessly about love and shows daily how little she knows what love actually is. Without purpose to check it, privilege encourages the absolute worst in Margaret.

Privilege Without Purpose Chosen

Privilege Without Purpose Chosen
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presents a frightening picture of privilege without purpose, and quite unintentionally, I imagine. We are all in need of purpose, something greater than ourselves. And sometimes that purpose is given to us, as Elizabeth’s was given to her. But sometimes it’s not. What then?

We choose purpose. If it is given, then we have to choose to receive it. If it isn’t given, then we choose to pursue it…or not.

He who tills his land will be satisfied with bread, but he who follows frivolity is devoid of understanding.
Proverbs 12:11 NKJV

We are free to choose a frivolous life, devoid of meaning and purpose. Margaret didn’t have to choose ‘frivolity,’ but she did. Elizabeth didn’t have to receive her purpose (the crown), but she did. We have a choice, and the tenor of our lives reflects that choice. Embracing her purpose kept privilege subservient in Elizabeth’s life. Embracing her privilege without purpose wreaked havoc in Margaret’s.

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    • Jean

      Oh, wow, Jennifer! So rich and full of truth!

    • Marsela

      I have really enjoyed these blog posts on royalty. Truly rich in revelation and very sobering for all of us as believers. So thank you John, Martha and Jennifer!
      After reading these posts on royalty, I decided to watch the series, started watching with my family this past weekend
      ( we’re half way through so far), till next weekend… As I’m watching this, and reading on your posts the encounters of the lives presented in these series, Revelation 3:11 came to mind “…. hold tight what you have, so that no one will take your crown”. We have been warned by the Lord, it’s our responsibility to hold tight….
      And Jennifer you have beautifully brought this today to the purpose….
      Our God is a purposeful God, it’s very clear throughout the scriptures, and we are created in His image, for us to live without it, is to totally miss our destiny. It’s a waste and a real tragedy. Lord help us!

      I like this one from one of Frank Viola’s writings:
      ” Purpose is the father of commitment. It is the mother of motivation. It is the parent of passion. Purpose provides meaning. It instills direction, inspiration and unity. It also brings fulfillment. Without a discovery of purpose, everyday life becomes oppressive and demeaning. We can find little in it except the next thing which is virtually indistinguishable from the last thing. Purpose rescues us from this mundane existence.”

    • Sandy

      Hello dear Jennifer!!!!! So good to see you again!!!! 🙂 Monday reminded me of you!! 😉
      May God bless you always!
      Big hugs!!s2

    • Helen

      “We all are in need of purpose, something greater than ourselves.” It is the Cross, & the very Heart of God that stands guard over this truth. Purpose requires surrender…nothing held back from the Cross…all ‘taken’ by it, to the releasing of Life! There is no self-importance there. God reigns! “Let the earth rejoice, let the people be glad!” HE is the WORTH dying for, the WORTH living IN. (1Thess.2:11-12 Phillips) “…like a father with his own children, stimulating your faith & courage & giving you instruction. Our only object was to help you live lives worthy of God who has called you to share the splendor of his kingdom.” Worshipping one morning, my heart was full…”YOU are WORTHY Lord”…& next, like a child in wonder, came, “we live in Your WORTH.” And inside of that, is, the purpose greater than ourselves.

    • Helen

      What was right before my eyes never made it to my heart. This was a purposed by God message, & He meant it personally. “But the warning that the Holy Spirit revealed to me through The Crown is very, very real.” “The trapping’s of wealth serve the purpose of her life…” I look around at this wealth God given. At the dawn of time, He chose us & GAVE… I fall down on my knees. Nothing was due me. This makes so clear that to receive & embrace our purpose is key to balance. Margaret had much yet had nothing, spending it on herself, empty. Can there be any greater degradation than to have a loveless life with no meaning?! This is a matter of the heart. To hear Him, know Him, to live, is NOW. How could Elizabeth face the changing times, situations, relationships…how can we? Gift is one thing…character, allegiance, receiving & embracing our purpose…this makes life profound. Here we are free, to be His!

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